Abbey Quad
Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #56
Ranked #7,762
4.12 | pDev: 7.04%
Oct 15, 2022
Feb 01, 2017
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Notes: A dark and robust Belgian Abbey style Quadrupel with notes of dark fruit, reminiscent of cherries or strawberries, and a rich maltiness.
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2016 vintage. Appearance is a murky, not particularly attractive brown with a small amount of short-lived khaki colored head. Aroma is mostly muted, but some nice fig and raisin notes emerged as it warmed.

Taste is similar to the nose, with figs and muddled fruit combining with some nice yeast notes. Very little carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty well done quad that's held up well.
Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Mikexw from New York

May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Served in a teku glass from a vintage 2016 bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark mahogany color with medium bubbles to the body creating an off-white head rising half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Green grapes hinting like a white wine...sweet to the nose.

Taste: Yeast feel which feels almost like a raisin bread minus the cinnamon with a mellow vanilla note.

Mouth: Soft carbonation with a super sticky body.

Overall: Very good brew, going on a. Quad frenzy tonight and each one keeps getting better sip by sip. Salud!
Feb 01, 2022
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2016 vintage courtesy of Jasonja1474.
Not sure if this is a one-off, I only can find one vintage.
Dark maroon/brown with tan head.
Very dark fruit dominant nose.
Fruity and caramel taste. Raisins, dates, cranberry, fig. No booziness.
Medium bodied.
Overall: nice.
Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
These abbey-style quads are a rare treat for me. I have to be in just the right mood, and the beer has to be good. This one is worthy, and I may have been lucky to run across it. Vintage 2016, purchased in 2020. Poured from 12.7-ounce bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort logo chalice, because it seemed like the right thing to do. Huge aromas and flavors of prune, caramel, and molasses, with notes of tart black cherry and raspberry. Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol warmth. Although the beer is moderately sweet, the finish is dry with some roasty bitterness and a bit of tart fruit lingering on the palate. Overall, a very enjoyable and contemplative brew.
Dec 24, 2020
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 11/22/2016.

The color on this is an opaque bronze, murky and without too much head bubbling up. The small ring that forms as the beer settles is ivory in color, with small islands of the same hue floating around the top.

On the nose is a surprising amount of fruit. Right away are notes of strawberry and plum, with raisin, cherry pits, and red wine undertones that subtly follow behind. There’s a great complexity here, and as the beer warms you get a lot more sweet malt and chocolate that emerges, combining with the fruitiness to feign an almost cherry cordial-like aroma. Very good.

The flavor profile isn’t what I expected, but I really enjoyed it. Immediately is a return of that fruit-forward presence, with mildly tart raspberries, plum, & chocolate. It retains that malt backbone, with influence from Belgian Yeast, candi, sugar sweetness, and Red Wine.

The body of the beer isn’t to heavy, thin-to-medium-bodied. The carb is seltzery and fairly sharp for the style, not having softened as much as I would have thought with it approaching 3 years old. However, the surprisingly vinous, jammy quality of this quad sets it apart from most that I’ve had, and I really enjoyed the unique experience.
Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Absolutely awesome. I have no idea who Blackberry Farm is but they absolutely nailed this one. The dark fruit jumps in both the aroma and the taste. As a big fan of quads many fail in trying to create one but this tastes like a bunch of monks brewed it.
Jan 28, 2019
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Reviewed by opieo from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Way too carbonated. Immediately foams up in your mouth leaving a dark fruit taste before disappearing and you get nothing to savor. Lacking complexity.
Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by nickfl from Florida

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown pour out of the bottle (sealed with cage and cork); pulled up at the end just as dark sediment started to slip into the pour... Thin tan foam cap dissipated quickly... Initial tartness on first sip immediately suggested blackberries - or is that just the power of suggestion? - and then mellowed and subtler dark fruit impressions of fig, raisin, and plum came forward... Solid malt body... Fruit-like sugars and aromas are well-developed, but the sweetness doesn't overwhelm, which I appreciated... Berry-like notes percolate throughout, tart and tangy, accompanied by a flavor that reminded me of rhubarb, which I really enjoy... Medium-weight body, smooth, barely carbonated... Has an almost drying, thinning finish... Very pleased with this classy quad...
May 17, 2018
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark bronzy orange with a thin cap that dissipates to patches with slight, slippery lacing. Aroma of candi malt, dried and fresh plums, raisins, red berries, dates and a little booziness. Flavor is neutral malt, Belgian yeast, fresh and dried plums, figs, dates, red and white grapes, raspberries. Finishes with residual sweet-tart fruit and pepper. Medium bodied with big peppery carbonation, perhaps even a little overcarbonated. An interesting and almost rustic quad bursting with fruit flavors and covering all the classic red stone fruit, middle eastern dried fruit and berry flavors. Somewhat more vinous than most quads due to a drier, lighter malt base. There are clear red and white wine grape flavors here. This bottle was really carbonated; no foaming, but very sharp on the tongue, which drew a little away from the fruit. It's a 2016 bottle, and probably a little over a year old, so maybe the bottle conditioning was a little aggressive. Still delicious and authentic tasting. I really like this brewery and wish we would see a little more from them.
Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by rarigney from Washington

Jan 29, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
this is exquisite beer, brilliant in every way, and perhaps the best american made classic belgian style i have had, ever. its insanely good, better than even i hoped it would be, and i now have enormously high expectations every time i dip into a beer from blackberry farm, they truly have become one of the best breweries in the country. deep dark brown with the faintest mahogany shade to it, a huge frothy off white head on top, and some sediment towards the bottom of the bottle, it looks alive and fancy in the glass. it smells next level, rich molasses and dried fruit, prunes and figs and dates, dry cocoa, soy, and winter spices, the malt profile of this is seriously awesome, and everything i can smell from it, i can also taste, luxuriously slow moving on the tongue, evolving one flavor after the next, the grian base is really brilliant here. the yeast is cool too, but the beer is interesting because its as driven by the malt as it is the yeast, uncommon in belgian styles, even the dark ones, its like the contribution of the grain here is much more than it usually is, even in this style. its crazy. from the yeast i get nutmeg and anise esters, banana, raw cane sugar, and port wine, complex is an understatement, but this isnt in your face at all, its very mellow to drink, which i adore. this almost has an oak rested vibe to it, so mature and complex and unified. among the best beers these guys make, which is a huge compliment because its all really good. this totally blew me away!

edit: just shared a bottle from 2016 and it doesnt age nearly as well as many of the belgian ones do. an orange peel note comes up, a little acidity too, and it appear a lot more chunky, almost congealed or something, still delicious, but neither as rich nor as complex as when it was fresh. leaving the scores high though, this floored me when it was brand new!
Jan 05, 2018
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: It pours brown with a bit of a red hue. The head is brown and it has moderate head retention.

Smell: There are strong fruit aromas of plums, figs, and raisins. It has an strong sweetness in the nose. The sweetness contains various berry aromas like blueberries.

Taste: The flavors start with a sweet taste that features plums and figs. The is a slight bit of earthen flavors, but it is low and well in the background. The is also a slight bit of chocolate and berry flavors that are non distinct.

Feel: The feel is moderate. It has a sweet finish.

Overall, a sweeter, fruity quad that is rather complex and the flavors are enjoyable. It is very berry and plum like.
Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by ZinFanDave from Georgia

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Tomesco from Canada (ON)

Sep 14, 2017
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Rated by Sc0ttydog from Canada (AB)

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Strong dark fruity aroma with smooth malt finish.
Sep 05, 2017
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Reviewed by kasDC from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle dated 2016/11/22 into a 10 oz. tumbler. Pours deep amber- like cola- with a quickly dissipating amber head.

S: Smells strongly of strawberry preserves, some vanilla extract

T: Even with the strong jammy nose, I was surprised by forward berry sweetness. Taste is balanced by cedar, cinnamon, and leather. Finishes with some cherry tartness, boozy warmth and subtle dryness.

MF: Medium body, mild carbonation as expected. Dryness on the back of the palate cleans up quickly from the sweetness. Alcohol is apparent, but at 10% the beer doesn't come off as "hot."

O: This quad carried the expected finishes of the style while showcasing some distinct forward strawberry notes. Balanced and interesting enough to enjoy again. I rarely find myself reaching for more than one quad in an evening, but could easily do it with this one. Recommended.
Aug 16, 2017
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a somewhat cloudy broown with a thumb of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Figs & jammyness & some prunes

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well, plus a little dark cherry & pipe tobacco up front. Figs, leafy & woody hops & a little pear as this warms, a little cinnamon as well. Finishes with jammyness, a little dryness & leafy hops. plus woody hops & just a hint of cherry juice & a touch of booze warmth

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

A decent quad, but was hoping for way more
Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Jun 04, 2017
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Reviewed by spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours cola colored with a white bubbly head.
S - Big malty aroma.
T - Flavor is dark fruits, figs, plums and some cherry. Sweet on finish.
M - Above average carbonation and mouth feel.
O - Very nice quad, true to form.
May 29, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

May 24, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by MMOSNN from North Carolina

May 18, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

May 12, 2017
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into my St. Bernardus glass its a clear mahogany color almost the color of my walnut bedroom furniture when held to the light. Can see sparse bubbles rising to the top looking through it also, tan head is small and fades quickly.

Aroma is big chewy malty base with some free floating sugars and dark fruits. Normal vinous like fruits, plums, white grapes, figs, maybe even a tart apple as some tartness is noticed. Personally no strawberries for me but touches of dry spiciness from the yeast i guess.

Taste is wow big burst of CO2 at the start that tingles the tongue and kind of numbs it for a second. Then you have good sugary malt notes mixed with fruit figs, plums some tartness white grapes maybe hints of green apple, that fades to lingering sweetness and a earthy spice and mild pepper/clove notes. Again not real strawberry for me but I'm far from an expert. Alcohol is well hidden, something a lot of American brewers seem to have a problem with.

Mouthfeel is only medium and the burst of carbonation at the front is a little strange for me anyway.

Overall must say it is quite a tasty Quad, defiantly the best one I have had from Tennessee. Tone down the carbonation tad probably be better. A little pricey but defiantly worth a try, but considering you could get St Bernardus Abt 12 750ml for 2 more dollars and get twice the amount I will leave that up to you to decide.
Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by rangerred from Tennessee

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Feb 03, 2017
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